Jetboil Zip Cooking System Black

Last updated date: March 18, 2021

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9.1

Jetboil Zip Cooking System Black

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We looked at the top Camping Stoves and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Camping Stove you should buy.

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Overall Take

This unique camping stove squeezes everything you need into one small cup, making it easy to squeeze into your pack. This camping stove is ideal for hikers or solo campers, as it is designed to cook for one. You can make a cup of coffee, as well as rehydrate freeze-dried foods with this compact unit.


In our analysis of 111 expert reviews, the Jetboil Jetboil Cooking System placed 10th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

A tried-and-true classic, the Zip was born from Jetboil's original PCS design and offers a reliable, no-frills option for backpackers. Lightweight and compact, this stove focuses on the backcountry boiling essentials. No more and no less. In 2001, Dwight Aspinwall and Perry Dowst revolutionized backcountry cooking by creating a fast, compact and efficient stove unlike anything the world had ever seen—the first-ever Jetboil. And our engineers have been following in their footsteps ever since, relentlessly pushing the limits of what’s possible by inventing technologies that continue to redefine the industry. A tried-and-true classic, the our Zip personal cooking system is a reliable, no-frills option for backpackers who want a storable, efficient, and affordable camping stove. Powered by Fluxing technology, the Zip's easy-to-use cooking system boils water in just over two minutes with half the fuel consumption of traditional systems. The 0. 8-liter cooking cup with insulating cozy makes boiling water—and keeping it warm—a breeze. The bottom cover doubles as a measuring cup and a bowl, saving space in your pack for clothes, gear, and food. Compatible accessories, such as a coffee press, hanging kit, pot support, skillet, cooking pot, and utensils make this a necessity for your next backpacking adventure. Includes fuel canister stabilizer and drink-through lid with pour spout and strainer; easy to pack and carry at only 12 ounces. For any adventure—from alpine expedition to a weekend trek—we offer a stove that will keep you fueled. When exploring the backcountry, a compact and efficient stove is fundamental, no matter the level of cuisine you want to create.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.4
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.9
436 user reviews

What experts liked

If you’re looking for a Jetboil for backpacking, this is the Rolls Royce of Jetboil camping stoves and whilst it isn’t quite as good as the MSR Windburner, it offers great value and is probably the best value fully integrated canister fuel hiking stove on the market.
- The Broke Backpacker
July 12, 2019 | Full review
If you’re looking for an extremely lightweight and small stove, then the Jetboil Zip Cooking System is a great option for you. Its fuel efficiency surpasses rival models and its storage capabilities prove great for long backpacking trips. However, if you’re looking for a quality cooker built to feed more people, we suggest looking into the Jetboil Sol systems.
- All Outdoors Guide
March 6, 2019 | Full review
It is portable, quick, and convenient to use. If you are using your portable stove for coffee or soup, the Jetboil is one of your best options, as this thing can bring a pot of water to a boil a whole lot faster than a lot of the competition.
- Survival Cooking
February 14, 2017 | Full review
The Jetboil Zip Stove is a complete cooking and stove system that includes everything you need to make coffee or rehydrate freeze-dried meals on backpacking and camping trips. Sized for one person, it's easy to pack and highly durable, providing an excellent value for adventurers, young and old.
- Section Hiker
Light weight. The least expensive Jetboil cooking system. Excellent fuel efficiency, as with all Jetboil stoves. Wide range of optional pots and accessories. Included pot support allows burner to be used with conventional pots.
- Backpacking Light
October 19, 2011 | Full review
The JetBoil Zip is the cheapest of the JetBoil cooking system range and in many ways the most basic, but it includes all you would expect from a JetBoil. It’s built like a nesting doll and when you put the parts together in the right order, it all fits together neatly. Inside the cook pot, you can fit stabilizing tripod, burner (protected by the heat-efficient FluxRing), a small (100g) gas cartridge.
- Frog Mom
Jetboil boasts that their FluxRing-powered cooking system can boil water in under two minutes and use half the typical amount of fuel consumption that other stoves use. The ultra-portable design features a cooking pot that doubles as a drinking mug, measuring cup and bowl. This is one of the best choices for travelers who need to sanitize water or cook food quickly and with minimal gear.
- Outdoors Real
July 3, 2019 | Full review
The Jetboil is incredibly packable. Everything fits into the single cup. The bottom cover for the Jetboil also works as a second drinking and measuring cup. The 0.8 L cooking cup has a built in insulated cozy to keep your hands from burning while pouring or drinking. The lid for the cup has a pour hole on one side and on the opposite, a strainer.
- Explorer Gear
January 20, 2016 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Sensitive gas flow
- The Broke Backpacker
July 12, 2019 | Full review
Below average resistance to cold and wind. Match starter. Long set-up time. Below average burner control.
- All Outdoors Guide
March 6, 2019 | Full review
For example, it doesn’t have a push-button piezo igniter, so you’ll need to light your stove with matches, a lighter, or a sparker.
- Section Hiker
Wind and cold resistance not as good as the other stoves tested. Burner control is not as good as other Jetboil stoves. Pot to burner connection is awkward to use.
- Backpacking Light
October 19, 2011 | Full review
The FluxRing is already designed as a windscreen. When I did (use a windscreen, blame it on windy Scotland), it became so hot inside the windscreen that the hard plastic base of my JetBoil melted. I had to file the melted bit at home very patiently with a metal file, to make it smooth and flush with the rest of the plastic base so it would fit inside the cook pot again. Sigh.
- Frog Mom

Our Expert Consultant

Shawna Newman 
Camping And Outdoor Expert

Shawna Newman is the editor-in-chief of Active Weekender, a website that provides resources — from gear recommendations to beginner tips — to people looking to plan outdoor adventures. Her favorite outdoor activity is hiking, and she is on a quest to visit every national park in the U.S.

 

An Overview On Camping Stoves

Spending a few days in the great outdoors can be refreshing. But it comes with one big challenge: food. Chances are, you can’t have steaks and burgers delivered to your campsite, so you’ll need to find a way to make the food you want yourself.

There are numerous factors to consider when you’re shopping for a camping stove. One of the most important is your fuel source. Choose this based on the type of camping and camp cooking you’re going to do.

“Your options are canister stoves, liquid fuel stoves (i.e. gas) or alternative fuel stoves,” says outdoor and camping expert Shawna Newman, editor-in-chief of Active Weekender. “Canister stoves are great if you’re concerned about weight. Liquid fuel stoves are ideal if you know you’re going to be on uneven ground and need the most stable type of camp stove. Alternative fuel stoves, like wood-burning and tablet stoves, are not great for traditional camping because they don’t perform as well.”

Many camping stoves run on propane, which is a handy option. Butane can be another option, but it doesn’t do as well in cold weather, so make sure you have a backup option if you’re planning to use it during the winter months.

Portability is a top consideration in any camping stove. If you’re hiking, you’ll need a stove that will fit snugly into your pack, while campers can get away with something a little bigger, as long as it can slide into the back of your vehicle. Keep in mind how you’ll be using it and whether you can sacrifice cooking surface area for a smaller, easier-to-carry unit.

Cooking capacity is very important when you’re in the market for a new camping stove. Some more portable stoves are designed to cook for one, which may mean you’ll be able to make your morning coffee and meals just for you on it, but if you’re cooking for more people, a camping stove with more capacity may be in order. Canister stoves can’t support the weight of larger pots, so you may want to use a liquid fuel stove if you have more people to cook for.

If you don’t feel like traveling with matches, you may want to consider a cooking stove that ignites automatically. While camping stoves have traditionally required a little extra help to start up, some newer models have auto-ignition. If this is important to you, factor that into your decision.

Safety is always important when you’re dealing with a cooking appliance. Since cooking stoves typically rely on disposable propane bottles, it’s important to carefully check for propane leaks before you start your stove up. This will help keep you and your fellow campers safe.

Ultimately, though, camp stoves can offer added convenience and safety compared with other options and can be a great choice for families.

“Cooking over a campfire can be done, but it’s not the best way to serve up a tasty camp meal,” Newman explains. “It can even be dangerous if you’re camping with children. Bringing along a camp stove means that you can eat just as well at the campsite as you do at home.”

Just be sure to follow both the stove instructions as well as any rules that apply to your campsite.

“Remember to never use your camp stove in the tent or any other enclosed space, because it’s a fire risk, and you also risk carbon monoxide poisoning,” Newman says.

The Camping Stove Buying Guide

  • Your first question will likely be just how much power your camping stove should have. It probably won’t be your full-time cooking appliance, but it will need to get you through entire weekends or vacation weeks. The Camp Chef is among the most powerful camping stoves you can buy, putting out an impressive 60,000 BTUs through its two burners. However, you’ll sacrifice portability for that cooking power, so you may want to consider a unit that is portable but provides 11,000 BTUs.
  • Look for a unique appliance that is designed to make foods and beverages for one person quickly. You can heat up a cup of coffee or rehydrate freeze-dried meals using the ultraportable device, which is designed specifically for outdoor adventurers.
  • Among camping stove options, some compact options are designed with everything fitting into a single large cup. They may provide an insulated cozy and a lid that operates as both a pour hole and a strainer, and a cooking pot that can serve as a mug, measuring cup and a bowl.
  • The Gas One Portable Propane Butane Camping Stove is also portable, weighing only 3.1 pounds. It also comes with a free carrying case to make it easy to take on the go with you. Although some models aren’t the most compact, they are often fairly slim and easy to pack, weighing only 11 or 12 pounds. Other stoves are definitely designed for those with plenty of storage space in their camping vehicles, weighing 36 pounds and packing quite a bit of bulk.
  • Autoignition is a top feature, keeping you from having to strike a match or carry a lighter around with you. The Gas One Portable Butane Camping Stove has an exclusive type of electric ignition that lets you start it up with the twist of a knob.